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Sam Paddock: The Future Of Education In South Africa

Sam Paddock: The Future Of Education In South Africa

Sam Paddock is the former CEO and Co-Founder of the digital education company, GetSmarter. Sam and his brother Rob started the company in 2008 and grew it to operate in 167 countries by partnering with world-class universities to offer short online courses for professionals. Sam is also a co-founder of Getwine, Hubble Studios, and investor at Yuppiechef. Sam was on our stage last year alongside former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki speaking about the future of education.

Thabo Mbeki: The Problem With 'The Education Problem'

Thabo Mbeki: The Problem With 'The Education Problem'

There is a problem with education in South Africa (and in Africa). That much is patently clear. The problem is that leaders don't know how to tackle the problem - or where even to start tacking the problem. The '4th Industrial Revolution' has rendered much of the landscape unintelligible for the people in charge of education portfolios at leadership level. When faced with the challenge, the trap is to call yet another round of talks - and all that results is more talks. After listening to two stirring talks by Sam Paddock and S'onqoba Maseko, Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, gave a fascinating, cogent and sometimes hilarious speech on the Heavy Chef stage.

One Of Africa's Finest Public Speakers Joins Next Week's Event Lineup

One Of Africa's Finest Public Speakers Joins Next Week's Event Lineup

We’re less than a week away from the launch of Ian Russell’s new book, The Other End of The Telescope. The Heavy Chef team is excited to have a lineup of powerhouses on our Cape Town and Joburg stages. A new addition to the Cape Town leg of the book launch is one of Africa and South Africa’s finest public speakers, someone who is no stranger to the Heavy Chef community.

Four Of South Africa's Top Student Startups On How They're Changing The World

Four Of South Africa's Top Student Startups On How They're Changing The World

On Thursday 2 May at Workshop17 Watershed, Heavy Chef invited Alexandria Procter of DigsConnect, Mvelo Hlophe of Zaio, Xabiso Lombo of Guardian Gabriel and Tamir Shklaz of Quillo to present their fast growing enterprises to an enthralled Cape Town audience. What do these four startups have in common? They were all formulated in the dorm rooms of one of South Africa’s top universities.

Professor Don Weiss: 15 Golden Lessons For South African Entrepreneurs

Professor Don Weiss: 15 Golden Lessons For South African Entrepreneurs

Professor Weiss of Columbia University took the stage to speak to the Heavy Chef audience about some of the lessons he has picked up over a lifetime of meeting and teaching entrepreneurs. He shared 15 quick-fire lessons with our audience that you can now watch in this 14-minute video.

Mike Schalit: How I Found Purpose In Building Libraries. (Yes, Libraries.)

Mike Schalit: How I Found Purpose In Building Libraries. (Yes, Libraries.)

Mike Schalit needs no introduction in the South African advertising world. A highly gifted and unique individual, he has been voted the country’s top Creative Director for eleven consecutive years. In this Heavy Chef presentation, Mike relates how he went from advertising in the digital economy to building libraries.

Xabiso Lombo: How I Am Contributing To The Safety Of Young People In South Africa

Xabiso Lombo: How I Am Contributing To The Safety Of Young People In South Africa

African student entrepreneur Xabiso Lombo is creating a vital resource for young people trying to make a better life in Africa. The problem she's trying to solve? Safety. In this energetic talk, Xabiso relates how she came from a dusty town in the Eastern Cape to creating a tech company that will enable young folks in South Africa to carry on with their lives without the pervasive feeling of helplessness in the face of crime while studying.

Mvelo Hlophe: How My Startup Is Gamifying Coding Education

Mvelo Hlophe: How My Startup Is Gamifying Coding Education

Mvelo Hlophe has a presidential air about him. Strong, confident and enigmatic on stage, Mvelo is the CEO of the exciting new student startup Zaio. Mvelo related to a riveted Heavy Chef audience on Thursday 2 May, 2019 at Workshop17 in Cape Town. Mvelo gave some insights as to why Zaio is such an important idea, and some glimpses of how hard it is to run a business behind the scenes - particularly when you're a student at the same time.

Student Start Up: Tamir Shklaz - Creater Of Quillo, The University Text Book Marketplace

Student Start Up: Tamir Shklaz -  Creater Of Quillo, The University Text Book Marketplace

Tamir is a plucky young entrepreneur from the University of Cape Town. He's still a student, yet Tamir saw a significant gap in the crazy annual melee that occurs when books are exchanged between students. Instead of post-it notes, Tamir decided to create a platform. In this succinct, highly charged presentation at Heavy Chef, Tamir discloses how he is changing the world and his vision for one of the most exciting young startup ventures in South Africa.

South African Vogue Cover Model Thando Hopa On Preserving African Heritage And Diversity

South African Vogue Cover Model Thando Hopa On Preserving African Heritage And Diversity

Being a disruptor is discovering what your contribution to humanity will be. This week, Heavy Chef’s Content Manager, Ondela Mlandu had a chat with the global disruptor, Thando Hopa on the importance of safeguarding the African continent’s heritage and diversity for the future generation.

Professor Tim Noakes On What Entrepreneurs Need To Do To Curb Bad Eating Habits

Professor Tim Noakes On What Entrepreneurs Need To Do To Curb Bad Eating Habits

Heavy Chef anchor Caley Africa spoke to A1 rated scientist and one of the most world-renowned commentators on nutritional behaviour, Professor Tim Noakes, on the notoriously bad eating and lifestyle habits displayed by entrepreneurs. Prof Tim speaks out on what people are doing wrong, and how they should adjust their behaviour or face some fairly serious consequences.

Tim Willis: How Agritech Is Changing The World

Tim Willis: How Agritech Is Changing The World

Tim Willis gave a fascinating insight into Aerobotics, nominated one of SA's Top 5 Most Exciting Startups in 2018, and how they are changing the world. With a presentation that spoke the power of big data and AI, Tim explained how their company is creating a flywheel of agricultural data. This data is allowing Aerobotics to make more informed decisions in real time, and ultimately change the world of farmers everywhere.

Startup Award From Hamburg Provides Access To Industry Networks And EU Market

Startup Award From Hamburg Provides Access To Industry Networks And EU Market

The FUTURE HAMBURG AWARD provides international startups with the opportunity to benefit from the city’s thriving digital scene and to expand their European business. Startups with a focus on digital business models can submit their applications until 5 January 2019. The winning teams will gain access to one of Hamburg’s most exclusive coworking spaces for up to six months.

Africa’s Top Tech Companies Invited To Pitch To Global Industry Leaders At Mining Indaba

Africa’s Top Tech Companies Invited To Pitch To Global Industry Leaders At Mining Indaba

Startups Unearthed Africa is an online competition aimed at raising the profile of African hardware or software companies across the global mining sector, with applications open to any business across the continent that has a prototype, product or service that can impact industry. Companies do not need to have worked on a mining project before, they just need to have exciting technology solutions that can make a difference.

Revealed: South Africa's Top 5 Most Exciting Startups 2018

Revealed: South Africa's Top 5 Most Exciting Startups 2018

The results are in. After 1,000 total entries and 141 unique entries were received for the Nedgroup Investments and Heavy Chef ‘SA’s Top 5 Most Exciting Startups’ event on the 4th December 2018. Entries were closed on Friday 23 November, and yesterday a shortlist of 12 startups were announced. Today, we reveal the final five.

'Master Of Scale' Gabriel Luna-Ostaseski On Magic Ingredients Of Scaling Your Startup

'Master Of Scale' Gabriel Luna-Ostaseski On Magic Ingredients Of Scaling Your Startup

On the 6th December 2018, Heavy Chef in partnership with Nedgroup Investments, is bringing Silicon Valley ‘Master of Scale’ Gabriel Luna-Ostaseski to Cape Town for an exclusive four-hour Masterclass on scaling businesses. Fred Roed, CEO of Heavy Chef spoke to Gabe in anticipation of his visit.

Arthur Goldstuck: What We Learned From Largest-ever Online Retail Survey Undertaken In South Africa

Arthur Goldstuck: What We Learned From Largest-ever Online Retail Survey Undertaken In South Africa

Arthur Goldstuck is confidently the best-known tech researcher working on the African continent. On the Heavy Chef stage, Arthur unpacked the Visa / World Wide Worx / Platinum Seed eCommerce survey results. On an evening that also featured Yuppiechef's Andrew Smith and Bradley Elliott talking about various aspects of the online retail landscape, Arthur's presentation dove headfirst into the details, gleaning key takeouts and some surprising statistics.

Bradley Elliott: The Five Major Trends That Are Sweeping African eCommerce

Bradley Elliott: The Five Major Trends That Are Sweeping African eCommerce

Bradley Elliott is the CEO of South African digital marketing agency Platinum Seed, which partnered with Visa and research firm World Wide Worx to create the largest ever Online Retail survey conducted in Africa, focusing on eCommerce. Elliott delivered an inspiring talk, originating in some of the major signals from China’s eCommerce market and then reverting to lessons from African eCommerce trends. Elliott ended his talk with five key takeouts to learn from the African example.

Why Does Heavy Chef Exist? [Podcast Interview]

Why Does Heavy Chef Exist? [Podcast Interview]

Recently, the founder of socially-conscious design agency Creative Seed, Lee Rael and his team launched SeedPod, a podcast seeking to unearth the impactive, socially relevant entrepreneurs in South Africa and beyond. Last week, Lee interviewed Heavy Chef founder Fred Roed to chat about failure, success, the entrepreneurial challenges in South Africa and Fred’s new venture.

Katlego Maphai To Tell The Story Of An African Fintech Company To Local Entrepreneurs At Bandwidth Barn, Khayelitsha

Katlego Maphai To Tell The Story Of An African Fintech Company To Local Entrepreneurs At Bandwidth Barn, Khayelitsha

On November 24th 2018, Katlego Maphai, CEO of one the fastest growing companies in Africa, comes to Khayelitsha to talk at the next Heavy Chef event at Bandwidth Barn at Lookout Hill, in the centre of Cape Town’s biggest suburb. The title of the talk is “The Story Of An African Fintech Company”.